Close Look at Close Reading, A

  • Title:A Close Look at Close Reading: Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts, Grades K–5
  • Author:Diane Lapp, Barbara Moss, Maria Grant & Kelly Johnson
  • Publication Date:January 2015
  • ISBN:9781416619475
  • Publisher:ASCD

New standards demand an instructional shift to teaching students close reading skills, and teachers need to know what this means: the texts to choose, the process to follow, the kinds of questions to ask, the supports to provide, and the assessment strategies to use. That's where this comprehensive book comes in, with timely advice and clear guidelines and steps targeted especially to elementary school teachers. Literacy experts explain how to:

  • Choose the right texts for your students and identify initial teaching points for a close reading.
  • Explain and model close reading to students and conduct close reading conversations.
  • Use sentence frames and other strategies to support academic language use and content analysis.
  • Align close reading with other classroom literacies, including writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Use formative assessment data gleaned during and after instruction to modify and support close reading instruction.

Follow the advice in this book to ensure all students—regardless of linguistic, cultural, or academic background—have the tools they need to connect with and learn from both literary and informational texts across the academic disciplines.


Author Bio

Diane Lapp, EdD, is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She has taught elementary and middle school and currently works as an 11th- and 12th-grade English teacher at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Her research and instruction focus on issues related to struggling readers and writers who live in economically deprived urban settings, and their families and teachers. She has co-authorder numerous books such as Effective Instruction for English Language Learners, Essential Readings on Comprehension, and Teaching Literacy in First Grade. Dr. Lapp has received the Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the International Reading Association, among other honors, and is a member of both the International Reading Hall of Fame and the California Reading Hall of Fame.

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